In some ways it wasn't a traditional DooDah Parade in Downtown Kalamazoo. While the origins of the parade are based on parody and poking a little gentle fun at current events, the 2019 DooDah Parade was first about a theme, but more so about embracing a topic that is in the news headlines a lot currently.

With Consumers Energy a sponsor for the parade along with the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, the general suggested theme was energy, energizing and in a more generic form, electricity.

And with the Pride Festival having supplanted Greekfest at Arcadia Creek Festival Site on Super Saturday, a secondary theme was diversity, inclusion and acceptance and "Love Who You Are".

For the competitive portion of the parade, the results were:

Popular Vote:

First Place:          Oddlympics by the Kalamazoo Rotary Club

Second Place:    JCI Kalamazoo – The Real Ghostwives of Kalamazoo

Third Place:        #LookBeyond #BeStigmaFree – Wired to be stigma free

The Judges Choice for Theme And Parody:

First Place:          Outfront Kalamazoo – Theme: Love Who You Are

Second Place:    Gentle Dentistry – Theme – Healthy Smiles

Third Place:        Sherman Lake YMCA – theme – HCRR Heroes Fight for Good